In an open letter to the industry, Deanna Fields of the Manufactured Housing Association of Oklahoma (MHAO) says the 2013 Great Southwest Home Show has been canceled. Originally set to run Feb. 28-March 3, 2013 at the QuikTrip Center Expo Square in Tulsa, due to the economic climate, site contract payments due for the show, and response from MH producers and other vendors, the MHAO Board of Directors decided to pull the plug on this year’s show. MHProNews has learned MHAO is planning a show in 2014 when the economic forecast looks brighter. Noting the past four years at QuikTrip have been a great promotion for the industry, MHAO President Bo Radley stated, “We remain committed to providing this forum in the future and will continue the momentum in that direction.” Sources close to the Louisville and Tunica shows expressed their regrets about Tulsa’s Show, but say their outlooks are good for 2013. For example the Louisville Show’s attendee registrations are up, number of manufacturers are up and sold out. Louisville has also expanded their exhibit space. The popular Money Tree Seminars are also expanded. A special pre-show event is planned: Introduction to MH Opportunities day, linked here.
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